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EXTINCTION by GABE McKINLEY opened at the Elephant Theatre in Hollywood November 21st, 2009 and ran through December 13th. It then re-opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre Off-Broadway February 13th, 2010 and ran through March 14th. Both productions were under the direction of WAYNE KASSERMAN with the following cast and crew:
STEFANIE E. FRAME
Production Manager (NY)
Production Stage Manager (LA)
SUSAN K. COULTER
|Production Stage Manager (NY)|
Scenic Design (LA)
Scenic Design (NY)
Lighting Design (LA/NY)
Costume Design (LA/NY)
Technical Director (LA)
Public Relations (LA)
Public Relations (NY)
EXTINCTION is a darkly funny drama exploring the evolution of friendships - and the lengths to which we go to save them from falling into extinction. College buddies Max and Finn have always spent their vacations in the fast lane, religiously drinking, drugging and chasing women ... but this time something is different. In a hotel room in Atlantic City, the two friends face-off with their indulgent past and take a sober look at their all-too-present future.
|WAYNE KASSERMAN'S Director's Note:||While doing research for this play many months ago, I was struck by something I read that encapsulated for me the spirit of Gabe McKinley's EXTINCTION. Scientifically, there are two types of extinctions – phyletic and terminal. Phyletic extinction occurs when one species evolves into another with time; in this case, the ancestral species can be called extinct while the new continues to develop. In contrast, terminal extinction marks the end of an evolutionary lineage – the termination of a species without any descendants. It is this subtle, albeit striking, difference between the two that lies at the heart of this play.
Life presents us with the constant challenge of adapting to the world around us. After all, change is inevitable. Though the process is rarely easy, it is this struggle that either makes or breaks us. Living in the past rather than the present, for instance, we can unwittingly face our own terminal extinction by not moving forward. Those who can rise to the occasion of adaptability – bending, adjusting, and growing – can choose to redefine who they are and create the life they want to live. Our existence is held in balance by our vision and our malleability, and often the influences of others can either hold us back or allow us to move on. Extinction is necessary. Without it, how could we evolve?
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